All posts in " pride "

The first word and the last word belong to God

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2019

“God created the world and everything in it.  He had the first word, and He’ll have the last.  Yet, in our pride we consider the Bible outdated and irrelevant to modern life, and ultimately, we pretend to know better.”- Bob Merritt “Or, do you think Scripture says without reason that [God] jealously longs for the […]


Choose obedience and life, not the forbidden tree

By Dave Henning / October 19, 2019

“God always hope we choose obedience and life, but Adam and Eve did what we often do.  They ignored all the freedoms God gave . . . and focused on the one thing they didn’t have.  Sound familiar?”- Bob Merritt “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the […]


Keep on playing by those rules

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2019

“Jesus came to free us from the weight of trying hard enough to be good enough.  I can keep on playing by those rules, . . .   But if I do, several things will happen — none of them good.  Broadly speaking, I’ll continue living in some ugly form of pride, wrapped up in […]


Exposing the dangers of self-reliance

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2018

“Suffering exposes the danger of self-reliance.  It reminds us that we were not designed to live independently but in dependence on God and others.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 2 of Suffering, he lists the fifth through seventh things that deepen our pain. 5.  Pride.  Here Pastor Tripp means the pride […]


Gratitude fosters humility – be intentional

By Dave Henning / November 18, 2018

“Frankly, it’s (grace) easy to ignore unless I decide (intentionally) to never lose my gratitude. . . .  Gratitude fosters humility because it moves you out of the role of the star in your story.”- Carey Nieuwhof “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works […]


Taming the raging beast of pride

By Dave Henning / November 17, 2018

“How do you tame the raging beast of pride in all its forms?  Through humility.  Nothing kills pride like humility does.  Only humility can get you out of what pride got you into.”- Carey Nieuwhof In Chapter 10 (“Habits of the Humble”) of Didn’t See It Coming, Carey Nieuwhof talks about how to become more […]


Pride inoculates you from other’s counsel

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2018

“Let pride run its course, and it will deaden your heart.  Pride inoculates you from the counsel of others and the stirrings of your conscience.  It makes you think that the rules don’t apply to you or that you can violate them without repercussion.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 9 of Didn’t See It […]


Pride leaves a trail of destruction

By Dave Henning / November 15, 2018

“Unaddressed, pride will destroy many of the things you care about or know you should care about.  It will leave a trail of destruction strewn with things you used to value or that a better version of you would treasure . . . and make you think all of this is natural.”- Carey Nieuwhof As […]


Pervasive pride disguises itself

By Dave Henning / November 14, 2018

“Pride disguises itself in many ways.  It’s so pervasive that it has to be subtle.  If it knew only one form, we’d stop it dead in its tracks.  So it spawns.  Pride morphs, and it creeps in using methods that often go unnoticed.”- Carey Nieuwhof In Chapter 9 (“Not Just the Narcissists”) of Didn’t See […]


Arrogance – stiffens the knee, hardens the heart

By Dave Henning / October 16, 2018

“How do we explain God’s abhorrence of the haughty heart?  Simple.  God resists the proud because the proud resist God.  Arrogance stiffens the knee so it will not kneel, hardens the heart so it will not admit to sin. . . .  Indeed, the arrogant never feel the need for forgiveness.   Pride is the […]


Something that requires an appreciation banquet

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2017

“When we truly grow, then obeying God no longer looks like something that requires an appreciation banquet.  It looks like what should come naturally, like something that needs to be done.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 6 of The Me I Want to Be with four stages of spiritual growth. 1.  Incompetent and unaware.  […]


Pride is blinding

By Dave Henning / November 29, 2015

In Chapter 3 of The End of Me, Kyle Idleman concludes his description of six verbal symptoms of a prideful heart. You may be a Pharisee if . . . 6.  you catch yourself saying, “It’s not me; it’s you.”  Although this seems like the mirror image of a famous breakup line, the reference here […]

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